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Can I die from an eating disorder?

Yes. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. There are severe medical complications associated with all types of eating disorders, and some of them can be fatal. The longer an eating disorder prevails, the greater the health risks. Some medical problems associated with eating disorder are reversible but unfortunately, many are not.

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